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Discover a wealth of heritage and things to do! Gainsborough and its surrounding area offer a great range of days out for all ages.

The town boasts a fantastic Medieval manor, Gainsborough Old Hall, which is a ‘Must See’ for history lovers. Explore this historic market town through fascinating exhibitions at Gainsborough Heritage Centre , The Old Nick Police Museum and the Gainsborough Model Railway.

You can also discover arts and culture at Trinity Arts Centre , with a fantastic programme of films and charming live performances.

 

Gainsborough Old Hall

Built in 1460, Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the best-preserved medieval manor houses in Britain and hosts a variety of events and exhibitions all year round.

Gainsborough Old Hall

Gainsborough Old Hall
Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Set inside an early 20th Century Post Office, Gainsborough Heritage Centre houses the town’s significant collection of industrial and domestic artefacts, displays and exhibitions.

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

The Old Nick Police Museum

The original Divisional Headquarters of the Lincolnshire Constabulary and the former Magistrates’ Court, The Old Nick shows the development of the Lincolnshire Constabulary from 1860 to the present day.

The Old Nick Police Museum

Old Nick Museum
Visitors to Model Railway

Gainsborough Model Railway

See one of the largest hand-built model railways depicting the East Coast Main Line from Kings Cross to Leeds Central. This is no ordinary model railway, but a truly remarkable product of the model maker’s art.

Gainsborough Model Railway

Gainsborough Churches

You’ll find a number of churches in Gainsborough full of history, heritage and community. No church is the same and you’ll enjoy the stunning architecture of each building as you explore the town.

Gainsborough Churches

All Saints Church, Gainsborough
All Saints Parish Church

All Saints Church

Enjoy the architecture of this remarkable Grade I Listed Church. Find a quiet place for prayer and reflection, look around, or have a cup of tea in the popular café.

All Saints Church

United Reformed Church

For the anniversary of the Sailing of the Mayflower, the church has created an impressive display of the local history of the area’s Separatist ancestors, who played an important role in the Mayflower voyage in 1620.

United Reformed Church

Mayflower Room
Stow Minster

Minster Church of St Mary, Stow

In about 975 Bishop Aelfnoth built a church to serve as head Minster for the Lincolnshire part of his large diocese. It is also possible that a Saxon church stood here before.

Minster Church of St Mary, Stow

Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre

Located on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, this former chapel has displays on local history, a public library and a café offering delicious cakes, snacks & lunches.

Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre

Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre
bardney heritage centre

Bardney Heritage Centre

A local heritage centre with a popular cafe sitting close to the water railway cycle route. The centre has a range of memorabilia showing the industrial heritage of the village.

Bardney Heritage Centre

Market Rasen Heritage Tour

Discover the history of the town and follow the route form your phone with 10 historical stories brought to life with words, videos, photos & panoramas.

Market Rasen Heritage Tour

Market Rasen - Past times
old police station market rasen

The Old Police Station, Market Rasen

The Old Police Station is one of only three complete mid 19th century courtrooms left in England, making it a very important historic Grade II listed building.

The Old Police Station, Market Rasen

Market Rasen Station

Housing a local heritage centre that includes over 20 fascinating display panels, and audio stories from people who lived and worked at the station years ago.

Market Rasen Station

Market rasen station
Memorial to RAF Ingham

RAF Ingham Heritage Centre

Royal Air Force Station Ingham was a grass airfield, used mainly by No1 Group, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force and only ever existed during the Second World War. The airfield lies 20 minutes from Gainsborough.

RAF Ingham Heritage Centre

RAF Scampton Heritage Centre

Housed inside one of the original WWII hangars, discover over 1500 artefacts that will be of interest to all aviation enthusiasts. Booking must be made in advance.

RAF Scampton Heritage Centre

RAF Scampton Heritage Centre

RAF Wickenby Museum

Housed in the first floor of the original Watch Office, this museum is dedicated to the commemoration of the Bomber Boys who flew from RAF Wickenby during WW2.

RAF Wickenby Museum

The Riverside Walk

Gainsborough was once one of the country’s biggest inland ports. Take a gentle stroll along the Riverside Walk, connecting the Trent Bridge to the Town Centre and see the bronze statue of The Pilgrim Woman.

Gainsborough Riverside Walk
owlet wood

Owlet Wood

Owlet’s varied landscape is popular with visitors who enjoy walking and relaxing in natural surroundings. Its all-ability path means that it’s very accessible; the route being suitable for wheelchair-users and buggies.

Owlet Wood

Scotton Common

Known for its carpets of lilac heather and impressive butterflies and moths, this nature reserve is well worth a visit between April and August.

Scotton Common

Scotton Common - Wildlife Trust
Willingham woods

Willingham Woods

Willingham Woods on the eastern edge of Market Rasen, is the perfect setting for walking and cycling. Many of the circular routes from Market Rasen use the National cycle Route 1 as a base.

Willingham Woods

Mill Farm Garden

3.5 acres of stunning gardens overlooking the Lincolnshire Wolds and Ancholme Valley with many herbaceous beds and design ideas.

Mill Farm Garden

Mill farm garden
Brightwater Gardens snowdrop walk

Brightwater Gardens

Visit one of the country’s youngest snowdrop and winter gardens with a ¼ mile winter walk leading through the garden and woodland.

Brightwater Gardens